Know what to expect
- Know your area's flood risk.
- If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood.
- Listen to local radio or television stations for flood information.
- Floods can take several hours to days to develop.
- A FLOOD WATCH means a flood is possible in your area.
- A FLOOD WARNING means flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.
- Flash floods can take only a few minutes to a few hours to develop.
Prepare a family disaster plan
- Check your homeowner's or renter's insurance to see if it covers flooding. If not, find out how to get flood insurance.
- Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box.
- Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit containing First Aid Kits, canned food and bottle opener, bottled water, rubber boots and gloves, battery powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
- Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places, a friend's home in another town, a motel, or shelter.
Flood Watch and Warnings
- Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of you home.
- Fill your car's gas tank in case an evacuation is issued.
- Listen to local radio and television stations for information and advice. If told to evacuate, do so as soon as possible.
Flash Flood Watch and Warnings
- Be alert to signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate at a moments notice.
- Or if you think it has already started, evacuate immediately. you may have only seconds to escape. Act quickly!
- Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks, and storm drains. Do not drive around barricades, they are there for your safety.
- If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.